Lean is not a smorgasbord that you can simply choose one item and be satisfied. It requires commitment to developing a new set of skills as well as changing actions and behaviors.
Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) April 12, 2013
The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) will host a webinar and Q&A, April 16, 2013, on “A Roadmap to Lean Healthcare Success” with John Toussaint, MD, CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and a national leader in improving healthcare through lean principles.
The 60-minute webinar begins at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Complete details, including how to register, are available at the LEI webinar page: http://www.lean.org/events/apr_16_webinar.cfm.
Lean Healthcare Implementation
Dr. Toussaint, a national leader in improving healthcare through lean principles, will describe a roadmap to lean healthcare success, based on his visits to 120 healthcare organizations in 12 countries during the last eight years as well as many visits to leading lean manufacturing companies.
The core to successful implementation of lean healthcare, according to Dr. Toussaint, is understanding that the transformation is not a project. Instead it is a set of principles, systems, and behaviors – a roadmap.
“Lean is not a smorgasbord that you can simply choose one item and be satisfied,” he explained. “It requires commitment to developing a new set of skills as well as changing actions and behaviors.”
Lean Management for Healthcare
Dr. Toussaint introduced the successful ThedaCare Improvement System, a lean healthcare system, when he was CEO of ThedaCare, a five-hospital system in northeastern Wisconsin.
He described how the lean management effort improved healthcare delivery in On the Mend. The follow-up book, Potent Medicine, focused on two additional elements in a framework for improving the U.S. healthcare system: redesigning payment around outcomes and transparency of quality and cost data.
Dr. Toussaint’s work using lean management principles to improve healthcare has been documented in articles published in Health Affairs, Harvard Business Review Blog, and Frontiers in Health Management. His work on payment reform and transparency of performance data has been featured in The American Journal of Managed Care, The Commonwealth Fund publications, as well as news publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Healthcare Finance News.
Dr. Toussaint and other healthcare thought leaders, including former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, Francios de Brantes, Alan Gleghorn, and Jim Womack will keynote the 4th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, June 5-6, 2013, Orlando, FL.